The inventors of Bubble Wrap were originally trying to make plastic wallpaper.
My hope for the future, as far as military technology goes, is that as our science gets better, our weapons will become ever more efficient -- and less lethal.
It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting bits of information "turn-up."
Today I typed in "the his
You may have heard that pizza is an American invention, ice cream is Italian, and The Earl of Sandwich invented the sandwich. Not so!
Newly discovered dinosaur "looked kind of like a gigantic plucked turkey." It's a relative of T.
Jonathan Stephens, designer and CEO of TIMEBANDITS Watches, talks about his art, his cosmology, and his X-Files days.
Last week all my posts were about bandits.
From Michael Stusser's terrific new book The Dead Guy Interviews (available here).
Allow me to introduce myself: I'm Michael Stusser, a columnist for mental_floss magazine, ParentMap, and author of The Dead Guy Interviews, Conversations with 45 of the Most Accomplished, Notorio
Growing up in Florida, we had a handful of local supermarkets: Publix and Winn-Dixie were big in my town, and I always wondered who shopped at the Piggly Wiggly a few miles to the south.
The Maytag man isn't the only repairperson with nothing to do these days -- in fact, it seems like repairmen in general are a dying breed.
My days as a mental_floss intern are over.
Every Monday, mental_floss looks back at the first time The New York Times covered selected topics "“ selected by me, with help from our readers. Got an idea for next time?
Jason Lewis has completed a round-the-world trip, traveling by his own muscle power only.
The 509th time is the charm. Last night, after a few hints, Kitty correctly guessed Quebec City. We'll be shipping her our "Idioms are for the birds" t-shirt.
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In one of my early On Music posts, we explored the string section of the orchestra by listening to an excerpt from Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique.
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